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I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.' James Baldwin lived by that creed. When, in the fall of 1987, the poet Quincy Troupe travelled to the south of France to interview a critically ill James Baldwin, they knew it was his last chance to speak at length about his life and work. The result is one of the most eloquent and revelatory interviews of Baldwin's career, ranging widely over his youth in Harlem, his friendship with Miles Davis and Toni Morrison and his thoughts on race.'
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JAMES BALDWIN (1922-1987) was a novelist, essayist, and activist. He is best known for the novels Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953) and Giovanni's Room (1956), and the collections Nobody Knows My Name (1961) and The Fire Next Time (1963). He was an important figure in the civil rights movement, and his books addressing the African-American and gay experiences have influenced generations of writers. From the eBook edition.

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"If you're hoping to find holiday reading that is as educational as it is entertaining, look no further than [this] new book of discussions with legendary intellectual James Baldwin." --Vogue.com "Resonant... Stellar interviews." --Flavorwire "Of particular interest to those who seek to better understand Baldwin's biography and his complex and often contradictory legacy as a trailblazing figure in gay literary history." --Lambda Literary "One of many reminders that Baldwin's observations on race, sexuality, and society remain relevant -- and that the voice in which he made them remains one of the most compelling in all of American letters." --Biographile "The great James Baldwin has his turn in the also great series from Melville House." --Largehearted Boy, WORD Bookstores' Books of the Week Praise for James Baldwin: "Jimmy Baldwin was the creator of contemporary American speech even before Americans could dig that." --Amiri Baraka "I am completely indebted to Jimmy Baldwin's prose. It liberated me as a writer." --Toni Morrison "Baldwin's way of seeing, his clarity, precision, and eloquence are unique . . . He manages to be concrete, particular . . . yet also transcendent, arching above the immediacy of an occasion or crisis. He speaks as great black gospel music speaks, through metaphor, parable, rhythm." --USA Today "[Baldwin is] among the most penetrating and perceptive of American thinkers." --The New Republic From the eBook edition.

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